The dating of the quran
"Instead, the revelations were preserved in the 'memories of men,'" said David Thomas and Nadir Dinshaw, both religious professors at the University of Birmingham. The divine message was not written at that time, though.No manuscripts or studies or science suggest that the Qurʾān predates the Prophet Muḥammad.At best, every headline should have been a variation of “Birmingham manuscript suggests that an animal lived before the lifetime of Muḥammad.” But then, I suppose that’s not very interesting news.2.Caliph Abu Bakr, the first leader of the Muslim community after Muhammad, ordered the collection of all Qur’anic material in the form of a book.The final, authoritative written form was completed and fixed under the direction of the third leader, Caliph Uthman, in about AD 650.One of the scientists who took part in the analysis of the manuscript pointed out that the carbon dating was done on the parchment only, not on the ink.
According to the logic being used by the “predating” line of thinking, If I found a scrap of paper that existed prior to my birth and wrote something on it, it means that, actually, what I had written magically predates my birth.If you have followed the news over the last week, then there’s little doubt you may have seen some of the following headlines: Fragments of World’s Oldest Koran May Predate Muhammad Birmingham’s ancient Koran ‘could rewrite history of Islam’Carbon dating suggest ‘world’s oldest’ Koran could be older than the Prophet Apparently this ancient Quran found in England is older than the Prophet Muhammed!Well, does the Birmingham manuscript predate the lifetime of the Prophet? Or, if it does, then the case for its divinity is even stronger. The Birmingham manuscript’s is the only thing that has been carbon dated.A 1,500-year-old parchment could be one of the oldest known copies of the Quran, possibly dating back to a time that overlapped with the life of the Prophet Muhammad, according to researchers who recently dated the manuscript fragments. [The Holy Land: 7 Amazing Archaeological Finds] The Prophet Muhammad is thought to have lived between A. The skin would have been first cleaned of any hair or flesh and then stretched on a wooden frame.
The text underwent radiocarbon dating, which measured the age of the find's organic materials. As the skin is stretched, the parchment maker scrapes the surface with a curved knife, wets the skin and dries it in rotation several times to bring the parchment to an ideal thickness and tightness.
Again: all we know is that the parchment itself came from an animal that lived before the Prophet’s birth.